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Quick bench re-upholster

Today I’d like to show you a real quick bench re-upholster! I am not a pro at this and there are better ways to upholster, but it worked quite well for me and I’m happy with how fast I could change the look of this little bench.

Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]

Ok, so let me tell you that this bench hasn’t always been a bench. While living in Canada, my mother in law picked it up for me when her neighbours moved out and had left it on the curb. It was a coffee table in a very dark brown. I don’t have pictures of it before, cause I wasn’t blogging back then. It wasn’t really my kind of thing and I wasn’t looking for a coffee table either at the time, but I really liked that it was, and still is, very stable and in great shape! [even though those legs look anything but stable, hey? but they are!] 

So I sat on it and thought, why not make into a bench instead? I got fabric, a staple gun, upholstery tacks, spray paint for the legs and found a piece of thick foam at Walmart at the time. And I thought it had turned out great! 

Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]

This  bench had been used quite a lot of times when we had people over and needed extra seating. My girls fit both perfectly on it, sitting at the dining room table and we are using it a lot of times! It is still super stable but I wasn’t loving the fabric anymore.

I was thinking at first to remove the fabric, but then thought, that I might like it again in the future and will maybe want to change the look back, who knows right?? So, I only took out the upholstery tags from around the outside of the bench. It was still stapled underneath. 

Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]

Unfortunately, my staple gun wasn’t working for some reason, but I really wanted to get going, plus, I was too lazy to drive to the store and get a new one. Let me show you how this can work without staples!

So, I just put the new fabric over the bench and turned the whole thing around. I cut around it to have less fabric on the sides, but still enough to fold it in nicely, always making sure it was nice and tight. I used my upholstery tacks to secure the fabric all around the bench, except for the corners. 

Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]

Then, I cut off as much fabric as possible at the corners, but still making sure that I had enough to tuck in. 

You want to make sure to tuck it in the same way on each of the four corners. 

Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]

My “new” bench was done! I think it took me like half an hour or so! The tacks work great and you can’t see them underneath, which is great cause I didn’t really like those anymore either. 

Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]


Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]


Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]


Quick Bench re-upholster [kreativk.net]

I was just staging the bench for my post here, it actually sits at the back end of my dining room table, infront of our huge window, where it fits in perfectly I think. But in front of that window it’s really hard to take nice photos, so here is, where I have it for now, until we have guests over and need more seating at the table!

What do you think? Do you like my quick bench re-upholster??

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  • Pili
    05/09/2016 at 09:12

    Katrin, you make it seem so easy!! Love the fabric you chose and the tip about the tacks is so useful! This is one of those “why haven’t I think of that before” projects and it looks awesome! Now if you get tired of the stripes you can go back to the original without removing zillion staples.

    • Katrin
      05/09/2016 at 16:57

      Thanks Pili, it is really easy and yes, I like that I can go back to the other style in no time!!

  • Beverly
    02/09/2016 at 15:45

    I love the idea of using a coffee table to create a bench. Adding the new fabric on top of the other was a great idea for the future. Thanks for the tips about using tacks. It looks great. Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle, Katrin.

    • Katrin
      02/09/2016 at 22:10

      Thanks so much Beverly! I’m happy with the new look of the bench!!

  • Diana
    31/08/2016 at 22:30

    I LOVE the fabric you chose, Katrin–it really makes the piece. Thank you for linking up your posts at Vintage Charm week after week. It’s such a pleasure to have you 🙂

    • Katrin
      01/09/2016 at 21:56

      Thanks so much Diana!!!

  • Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart™
    30/08/2016 at 16:41

    Love the strips Katrin…fabulous update to your bench!!!

    • Katrin
      30/08/2016 at 21:48

      It was so easy Michelle, I really like the change too… Thanks for the visit!

  • At Rivercrest Cottage
    29/08/2016 at 15:59

    Great looking bench. It would look great at the foot of the bed too. Very clever! I just started following you.

    • Katrin
      30/08/2016 at 08:47

      Thanks so much for following along, your blog is lovely, I just checked it out, and that fall banner is so lovely!!!

  • Amberjane
    26/08/2016 at 18:15

    Fantastic Update to your bench – thank you for sharing with I am pinnable

  • Michelle
    26/08/2016 at 11:28

    It looks beautiful Katrin and the stripes look so elegant. They’re the perfect match for the bench and the corners looks great, so professional.

    • Katrin
      26/08/2016 at 16:21

      Thank you Michelle!!

  • Keri
    25/08/2016 at 05:34

    Katrin, i love the before and after of this bench!! What a fantastic idea to keep the old upholstery underneath and add new fabric over it using tacks!! I really like the stripe fabric you chose. You did an awesome job on this!!!

    • Katrin
      25/08/2016 at 08:32

      Thanks so much friend! I know I’ll be changing it again eventually, but for now it was a quick solution!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    24/08/2016 at 14:24

    Katrin that is such a clever idea. You were able to cover it for now and then if you decide you want to go back to the original fabric, it will be an easy reversal. Way to go girl! I really like your choice of fabric, stripes are so modern and classy at the same time.

    • Katrin
      24/08/2016 at 14:49

      Thanks so much Mary, yes, that’s what I thought, knowing myself that in a year or even less I might find a different spot for the bench and will want to go back to floral design. And yes, stripes just go with all and are so nice, hey? 🙂

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    24/08/2016 at 09:14

    Your bench turned out great, Katrin! I love the striped fabric.
    Have a wonderful day and don’t melt away! 🙂

    • Katrin
      24/08/2016 at 14:48

      Julia, Thank you! The stripes really go well with all the other deco in the room!